I picked up a new toy for my run this weekend – a running watch!
It’s a Garmin Forerunner 15 (AUD$249) which I bought off eBay at an absolute BARGAIN price – hardly used and in perfect condition.
It’s a slightly older model and apparently a good entry level running watch. The top level Forerunner is something like AUD$699. Ouch! I bought the small sized watch and they only came in three “sporty” colour choices – bleh.
I resisted buying a running watch for years, because I didn’t want my runs to focus so much on gear and gadgets.
I had an overkill of gear and gadgets from my cycling days…. and what I love about running is the fact that I can do it while being so light and free.
Anyway, in the past, when I first started to run, I opted to just run with my smart phone to track my distance and speed.
However, I found that my sweat/body heat fogged up the camera lens and all my photos turned out weird. So I stopped using my phone and started using a Jawbone UP24, which was a gift. But that’s just a simple pedometer which tracks steps and sleep. The distance and times were not very accurate.
So! I’ve finally made the switch to a running watch to keep track of my times and distances.
It came with a heart rate tracker, which I’ve been told by my hardcore running friends, is very useful and steps up my running to a whole new level… but eeep, I don’t think I’ll go there yet!
I want to keep my runs sweet and simple!
Looking forward to another long run this weekend. Hope you all manage to get out and about too!